Everyone is going to die someday, and that's something that humans have to accept. Through the comfort of religion, this process is seen as nothing to fear. Death is viewed as peaceful, and the start to true happiness. This brochure is going to be on is Death Rituals / Funeral Rituals. This is how people celebrate and remember those that have passed. Although this is in the perspective of 3 different religions, they all share some similarities. What's different is how some people handle it. The 3 religions being discussed are the Baha'i faith, Buddhism, and Paganism. Everybody has different reactions to death, but there is a pattern of respecting the dead.

Below are a few quotes from www.beliefnet.com, and further analysis underneath.

"Baha'i dead must be buried within an hour's travel distance from the place of death. Baha'is do not embalm or cremate their dead. The dead body is washed and wrapped in a shroud. Baha'is are often buried wearing a Baha'i burial ring. The only ceremonial requirement of a funeral is the recitation of the Prayer for the Dead."

They believe the dead should be buried as soon as possible because it will bring tranquility and peace, usually within 24 hours of the person passing. This will preserve their soul. They place a burial ring on the deceased that will stay with them forever. They keep the body whole and natural with no preservations. With the body only in a shroud, it will disintegrate into the earth and be one with nature.

"In early times and commonly today, Buddhists cremate the bodies of their dead. The first seven days after death are the most important for final and funereal prayer."

"Believers in the pagan goddess traditions wash the dead body with a mixture consisting of spring water, a few drops of ocean water (or water from another special place), scented oil, and the herb rosemary for purity and protection. While washing, a special blessing is usually said. Then, the body is smudged (or censed) with an appropriate incense for the cleansing. Finally, the body is wrapped or dress in simple cloth or clothing."


The early Buddhists followed the Indian custom of burning the body at death. The Buddha’s body was cremated and this set the example for many Buddhists, even in the West. When someone is dying in a Buddhist home, monks come to comfort them by chanting verses to them, such as:
"Even the gorgeous royal chariots wear out; and indeed this body too wears out. But the teaching of goodness does not age; and so Goodness makes that known to the good ones."
After death, while the dead person is being prepared for the funeral fire, the monks continue to chant in order to help the dead one’s good energies to be released from their fading personality.

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-Both the Baha'i faith and paganism believe in keeping the body pure after death, while Buddhism believes in burning the bodies to remind people that we are only a material item, and our soul lives on.